Success from Rejection

Success from Rejection

It has been said that what defines an author isn’t the actual publication of a book but rather being turned down for publication. How many people have an idea for a story they want to tell, compared to those who write it down? How do those numbers compare to the...
A Book in my Hands

A Book in my Hands

Yesterday I was honored to receive the fully-revised draft of my first novel from my editor, who over the past month painstakingly went through and corrected/standardized not only the spelling and grammar used throughout but also made suggestions for word order, scene...
On Titles

On Titles

My father tells a story about a particular water polo game he was officiating where a teen-aged player addressed him as “dude.” He paused the game, turned to the player’s coach, and politely asked that players in future address him as...
Putting it Down

Putting it Down

Over a very productive weekend I found myself writing the closing words of the final rough draft of my first book. Two hundred pages of adventures in what I could best describe as a mash up of “Scooby Doo” and “Stranger Things,” and I could...
On Working and Accomplishing

On Working and Accomplishing

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk with a good friend of mine, and one of the topics we discussed was the disparity between the amount of work someone has put toward a project and the amount that has actually been accomplished. I’ve certainly been...
Job Security

Job Security

My father once told me a story about an employee at his work, though I think the lesson I’ve come away with over the years is not the one he intended. He talked about a man who sat at a desk, and on the wall next to him were scribbled dozens if not scores of...